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1875 - Construction begins on San Fernando Railroad Tunnel [story]

np_102211ducky5Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers Inc. has announced the prize winners for the 11th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival held on Saturday, Oct. 5. The grand prize winner, Alan Ferdman, received a $2,500 cash. Second prize winner Elliot O’Niel received a $1,500 cash. Third prize winner Santa Clarita Animal Hospital received a $500 cash.
This year’s festival included two early duck adoption drawings. Early Duck Drawing One winner Gayle Whittemore received four Disneyland Parkhopper tickets valued at $500 plus $250 cash. “I have long supported the Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers,” Whittemore stated. The early adopter also committed to giving back half the cash to the non-profit organization. “Giving back when you have had good luck is what you do.”
Barry Gribbons won Early Duck Drawing Two and received $250 cash, and SCV Rotary was awarded the perpetual trophy as the team with the most duck adoptions.
Winning the grand prize came as a big surprise to Canyon Country resident Alan Ferdman upon hearing his name called for the $2,500 cash prize. “My wife and I have five grandchildren, so the family will all share in the winnings,” Ferdman said.
Prizes will be distributed at the SDFHC corporate office located at 25115 Avenue Stanford, Suite A-104 in Valencia. Winners should contact Katie Starkey at SDFHC at (661) 257-2339 to arrange for pick up.
GRAND PRIZE: $2,500 cash
Winner: Alan Ferdman
S econd Prize: $1,500 cash
Winner: Elliot O’Niel
Third Prize: $500 cash
Winner: Santa Clarita Animal Hospital
4th Place:  “Staycation” with 2 night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn, gift certificates to
Salt Creek Grille and Mulligan’s
Winner: Renae and Mackenzie James
5th Place : Festival Djembe Drum from Remo
Winner: Kevin Gershan
6th Place : 1 Month Lessons at Fun & Fit Gymnastics
Winner: Rhoda and Richard Strother
7th Place : 2 USC vs. Arizona October 10th Tickets
Winner: Joey Cantillo
8th Place : Ladies Jewelry Collection (necklace & bracelet)
Winner: Yolanda Haramia
9th Place : Four Handset Cordless Phone Set
Winner: Rochelle Patterson
10th Place : Travel Coffee Maker
Winner: Jarod Barlavi
11th Place : Smart Set Dual Alarm Clock
Winner: Ray and Karen Broussard
12th Place : Exercise Jump Rope
Winner: Trudy Emeterio
13th Place : Plumeria Beauty Products Package
Winner: Mary Jane Spangenberg
14th Place : Limited Edition Games of the 23rd Olympiad Ceramic Beer Stein
Winner: Gayle Whittemore
Early Duck Drawing Winners:
Early Duck Drawing One: Four Disneyland Parkhopper Tickets (value $500) plus $250 Cash Gift Card
Winner: Gayle Whittemore
Early Duck Drawing Two: $250 Cash Gift Card
Winner: Barry Gribbons
At the festival, ducky regatta races filled the day with several heats. Winning qualifiers from each race competed for prizes during the Grand Regatta, the final race of the day.
“Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers is a great institution in Santa Clarita helping so many people who don’t have insurance or don’t have enough. I wish them all the best in keeping that going,” offered Ferdman.
SDFHC was established in 1980 and named for long-time Val Verde resident and minister, the late Reverend Samuel Dixon.  As the only non-profit health center founded and based in the Santa Clarita Valley, SDFHC serves the greater Santa Clarita Valley and is governed by a board of directors, all of whom are Santa Clarita residents. The mission of SDFHC is to enhance wellness by providing quality primary health care services and health education to unserved and underserved residents, with a special emphasis on serving the uninsured. Easily accessible services are available for the entire family in both English and Spanish. Medi-Cal, Blue Cross and Healthy Families are all accepted, and a sliding fee scale is offered, keeping health care affordable for all. SDFHC is supported by countless individuals as well as corporate sponsors who help make affordable health care possible. Tax-deductible contributions are welcome. Health services are available at the Val Verde Health Center (661-257-4008), the Canyon Country Health Center (661-424-1220) and the Newhall Health Center (661-291-1777).  www.sdfhc.org

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